Grand Mixer DXT
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|Grand Mixer DXT|
|Birth name||Derek Showard|
|Also known as||DXT
Grand Mixer D.ST
|Origin||New York City, New York, United States|
|Associated acts||Herbie Hancock, Zulu Nation|
Grand Mixer DXT (born Derek Showard) is an American turntablist. He was formerly known as Grand Mixer D.ST. "D.ST" is a reference to Manhattan, New York City's Delancey Street on the Lower East Side. He was featured in the influential hip hop film Wild Style.
Widely recognized as a pioneer, Grand Mixer DXT is credited for being the first to establish the turntable as a fully performable and improvisational musical instrument (Alberts 2002). Especially important is his technique of altering the pitch of the note or sound on the LP record.
He is also credited with greatly helping to popularize DJing through his scratching on Herbie Hancock's single "Rockit" from the Bill Laswell and Material produced album Future Shock. He is featured in the 2001 documentary, Scratch.
- "Turntablism to be Taught at Berklee College of Music". Synthtopia. 1 March 2004. Retrieved 13 November 2010.
- Hollis, Kim (1 March 2002). "Scratch Movie Preview, Starring Afrika Bambaataa and Grand Mixer DXT, Directed by Doug Pray". Retrieved 13 November 2010.